I love spicy interesting fragrances, including true gourmand types, which, to my skin and nose, don't seem especially "foody" just warm, natural spicy. A few of my faves are from Santa Fe Fragrance, which uses ONLY natural essential oils and essences:
Abiquiu: Described as " a mysterious and lingering 'oriental.' Rich note of Rose & Narcisse set against a spicy and resinous background of Benzoin,Black Pepper, Cardamom, Coriander, frankincense & Vanilla" Love this, to me, it's the perfect "oriental" fragrance.
Ambrosia Vanilla: vanilla, ginger, cardamom, benzoin, oriental--- luscious, the ginger, benzoin and cardamom make the vanilla more complex and deep while the vanilla keeps it all accessible.
Prophetisima: Unique, smokey, woody /smoky like In ancient days. agarwood akaoud found in Nepal, and other Interesting notes of frankinence, myrrh, cistus labdaniferous. Don't know if woody smoky qualifies as "spicy" but it seems spicy to me, and I love the dark complexity. Really unique.
Haven't tried the next one, but I think it sounds luscious, and may be my holiday present to me:
Mandir: A refreshing, bitttersweet oriental complex. Citrusy and floral accord with deep ambery notes composed of Liatrix, Benzoin & Myrrh Frankincense, Cistus, Vanilla, jasmin Sambac, Cumin, Celery etc.
Of the more commercial lines, I truly love Guerlain's Mitsouko (I believe this one also has cumin as a note), but it doesn't love me back. Smells great in the bottle, but not on my skin.
Glad you started this thread, I think I may have to make a holiday order. I definitely need something new for my mother, sadly the stuff she is given makes me gag and gasp for air when I am in a closed car or room with her. I think I'm going to clean out her stash and get her some natural fragrances for Christmas!